Do (Or Did) You Keep A Diary?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

Miss-Joker:  I was so bad at keeping a diary. I would be great about writing in in it for about a week, then I would forget for three days, write in in the next day, and so on. I just gave up haha

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Once a year I would buy a cute journal and promise to write it in everyday. I only kept at it for a few days before completely forgetting about it. I have gone back and read them and they’re pretty funny!

I have tried to journal a bit as an adult but I never kept at it. For awhile I was writing down just one sentence a day of things that made me happy (like a blessings journal I guess) and I managed to keep that up for almost a month. 

I do keep track of vacations- I write down what we do each day just so I remember what we liked/didn’t like next time we go back.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

I did back in my early teens…until my younger brother found it and read it.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i did. i still have a majority of the ones from my high school years, they’re in a drawer somewhere.

my best friends and i also had notebooks that we’d pass between ourselves instead of writing notes. we’d just use the notebook, cause teachers couldn’t confiscate a notebook like they could a note on a sheet of paper. i have those in a drawer as well.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Loft

Miss-Joker:  I have a great little journal where you post 2-3 lines and it has the next five years on each page. Essentially it’s for a few lines and at the end you will have 5 years worth of memories in one book. I really love it! 

Post # 7
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Newbee

Cute thread! I have started a bunch during my younger single years but never keep it up, part of me is paranoid about other people finding it and/or reading it. I would feel guilty if my SO knew some of my thoughts or past. 

I would like to pick it back up, but I think the curiosity would kill my SO if he knew about it. I do think writing helps me process my thoughts and provides clarity. The handwritten journaling never last long for me as it seems so much easier to write through a keyboard than handwriting.  At this point, I think my emails serve as my journal as I have some awesome friends to email. 🙂

The touching journal entries of my past mostly involve elementary teachers that were especially encouraging, death of my grandparents and my dance/gymnastics acheivements, lol.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Miss-Joker:  I did keep and finish only ONE diary, although I did attempt making many over the years. I cringe when I read it but I wont throw it out because it is the ONE and ONLY diaray I ever finished! I wrote it when I was finishing my freshman year of college. I felt I was in a weird place. 

Thought Id share a tidbit of my first entry (about FI)

“I am in a young relationship, which the best man in the world. We have been dating a year but it feels like we have always been side by side.”

Makes me smile now knowing we are less than 2 months away from our wedding. Crazy how quick 7 years can fly by! 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’ve tried and failed miserably! I’m one of those people who can’t go back and read them because I cringe the entire time LOL! So eventually I gave up, figuring I had no use for them anyway.

I did have a few blogs instead. I feel like that’s a better way to keep my thoughts together and being able to go back and see what I was up to a few months/years ago. Plus I can include pictures in these, which is the best! My FI always makes fun of me because of how many blogs I’ve told him about. My newest one was started soon after I got engaged and includes our engagement story, wedding planning, life updates, etc. So far, this one is my favorite!

I did have a friend who religiously wrote in her diary. One year she moved in with me for a few months and brought them all with her. I’m talking boxes and boxes of diaries!!

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I kept one for a year or two as a teenager. It is cringeworthy to go back and read. It was actually an interesting time in my life, but 95% of the diary is wasted on describing in great detail the guys I liked and my (limited) interactions with them.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I never kept a diary persay, but I went through several legal pads back in middle/high school. Most of it is more depressing than funny. Shortly after I finished writing in them, I through them away. I didn’t want anyone else to read about it.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I have kept diaries and journals since middle school. All of my pre-college journals have been stolen, lost or thrown away. I keep one now. I find it helpful. I plan on keeping a seperate journal as a teacher to reflect on my lessons, day to day teaching, etc.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

I kept diaries regularly from elementary until my late 20s, then sporadically through my 30s. I finally quit doing it and I wouldn’t bother now tht I live with someone. I have them all in storage. 

When I moved into my last apartment (before moving in with sO), there were a few days when i didn’t have internet or a TV, so to entertain myself I read a bunch of my old journals. it sort of blew my mind!!! I can’t believe how poor my memory is, and I sort of rediscovered all kinds of events that I’d either mis-remembered, or totally forgotten. It was REALLY interesting.

I have a friend who threw all hers away in her 30s b/c they were ‘depressing’ and another friend who threw hers away when she got married. The idea of such wonderful primary sources makes the historian in me want to cry! I’d never get rid of mine, warts and all. They are precious goods!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

Oh, and I just remembered a funny story. At some point– middle school probably, when i was in my depressed mode– my mom read my diary. The only reason I know is… she circled some bad words!!! hilarious.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Never kept one but my mom instilled in us from an early age to not put anything in writing that you wouldn’t want on the front page of the NYT. I also made horrific fun of my sisters diary ridiculousness during her high schools years so I didn’t want that repeated on myself by my younger brother. 

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